FAMILY TRAVEL: 5 family ski and snow holidays to add to your bucket list

04 May 2016
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It’s family destinations month at KOTC/KIT, and if you haven’t added a family ski or snow holiday to your family’s bucket list yet, than perhaps these 5 winter holidays are enough to inspire you!

Of course there’s snow to enjoy, but there’s also plenty of skiing, tobogganing, tubing, night skiing and good old family fun to be had too!

1. Mount Hotham, Victoria

Tucked away in the Victorian alpine region is the beautiful ski resort of Mount Hotham, Australia’s powder capital, and an ideal destination for a family winter holiday.

With the best skiable terrain in the country, mums and dads can ski or snowboard while the kids develop their snowsports skills in the children’s Ski & Ride School.

Go snowtubing, snowmobiling, night skiing or dog sledding where kids can enjoy the magic of snow or enjoy delicious dining and a range of accommodation options that will feel like a home away from home.  Take a charter flight from anywhere in Australia to Hotham’s own airport just 20 minutes from the resort, or fly into Albury airport on one of many commercial flights Rex, QantasLink and Virgin, just two hour’s drive from the resort. 

Visit www.hothamholidays.com.au for information and to book all your accommodation, lift passes, lessons and rental equipment online.

2. Southern Downs & Granite Belt, Queensland

This is Queensland’s High Country! Only two hours from Brisbane, the Southern Downs and Granite Belt is the perfect place for your winter escape. Sitting high on the Great Dividing Range, more than 1000m above sea level, here sits a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from its Queensland counterparts.

The unhurried pace of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt will give your children the chance to experience open space and fresh country air, life long memories and SNOW!

The inaugural Snowflakes in Stanthorpe Festival, complete with an ice-skating rink and snow, is on from the 1st to the 3rd July 2016 for families to enjoy, also. And don’t forget to pack your woolly jumper for the famous Jumpers and Jazz Festival in Warwick on the 21st to 23rd July!

3. Falls Creek, Victoria

Located high in the Victorian Alps, Falls Creek is the largest resort in Victoria giving your family the time and space to enjoy the mountains. With progression perfect terrain great for any ability, friendly mountain staff, and one of the most loved Snowsports School’s in the country, Falls Creek is an ideal destination for a family snow holiday.

Not only is Falls Creek adventure packed, Mums have not been forgotten about, relaxation is definitely catered for! At Falls Creek you can put the kids into ski school for the day and join other mums in the Coffee Club. For the price of a regular group ski lesson, you will also receive a free coffee and a free 1 day lift pass. BONUS!

www.fallscreek.com.au/coffeeclub

Along with great skiing and snowboarding for any ability, Falls Creek has a range of family friendly activities for every age. Try sliding down the slope in a Snow Tube, head out at night on a Grooming Tour or get on your skis under lights with Night Skiing. 

Image credit: www.fallscreek.com.au

4. Mount Buller, Victoria

This winter playground offers a massive 300ha ski area, two toboggan parks and an idyllic alpine village just a 3 hour drive or bus trip from Melbourne. No wonder it’s a well-loved family winter escape – for a week, a weekend or an action-packed day trip.

Popular must-do’s include skiing, snowboarding, lessons for all catering for children as young as 3 years old, tobogganing, sled dogs, scenic chairlift rides and even indoor activities including a climbing wall and movie cinema.

Mount Buller is family-friendly with free shuttle buses in the resort, plenty of dining options and the most on-mountain beds in Victoria so you can wake up in the snow!

Mount Buller extends children’s lift pass pricing through to students in Year 12, offers free helmets with kid’s rental packages and many accommodation houses provide attractive “Kids Stay Free” packages in June & September for up to 2 children, under 15.

SPECIAL OFFER:

FAMILY SURPRISE PACKAGE - 3 NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF 2!

Package includes:

  • 3 nights' midweek lodge accommodation
  • 3 day unlimited adult lift ticket
  • 3 day unlimited child lift ticket
  • 3 day ski/snowboard and boots hire

From $488 per adult, $323 per child

Valid 11 September to close of season 2016. 

*Subject to availability. Conditions apply.

www.mtbuller.com.au

5. New Zealand, South Island

If you haven’t yet discovered the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island during the winter, do yourself a favour and add it to your family’s bucket list. It’s super easy to enjoy a family ski or snow holiday on a budget here with prices during their winter season very reasonable. Hiring a campervan is also a very budget friendly way to get around with a family with fully self-contained vehicles containing kitchenettes, shower and toilet and space to sleep the whole family. Even better, New
Zealand has loads of high quality and affordable holiday parks to stay at, many with absolutely amazing views.

To find out more about a snow holiday in New Zealand and for holiday park suggestions, read our article about where to go campervanning in New Zealand.

Where’s your favourite winter getaway?

Looking for more family travel inspo? Check out our list of favourite family holiday hotspots, where to go for the best holiday parks (our top 10) and the essential family holiday packing checklist.

Written by

Eva Lewis

Eva is a digital content expert who runs a successful women's lifestyle blog - The Multitasking Woman. Eva is an experienced social media manager, digital consultant, article writer and copywriter and has written for various publications and business websites over the years.  When Eva doesn't have her head in the digital space, she enjoys spending time with her husband, six year old son and one year old daughter, ploughing through her current favourite books in the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, gardening and chatting with her chooks. 

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